National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services Consultation, 6 June 2018
I attended this meeting along with 4 other GP obstetricians: Bek Ledingham (Broome), Chieh Cheng (Albany), Clare Matthews (Osborne Park Hospital), Kath Comparti (Narrogin). There were a number of midwives, hospital administrators, and consumers also in attendance. Megan Galbally, perinatal psychiatrist from KEMH and Colleen Bradford from WAGPET were also there. No obstetricians attended unfortunately. It was a fairly broad agenda, with lots of small group discussions around the gaps in Maternity Services in Australia and the priorities for the future. The main themes that came out were transparency of practice, communication and collaboration between health care providers, appropriate education for consumers and health practitioners, and supporting families in rural and remote to access services. There wasn’t really an opportunity to explore anything in great detail unfortunately. It will be interesting to see what the final paper looks like, and whether any action is actually taken. I’ll forward the final consultation paper on to the Network once I receive it, but this won’t be for a few months. If you wish to keep an eye on its progress, here is the website link.